This Could Be Anywhere in the World

Published on: Mar 18, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round


  • First up: We’ve got the context on this week’s deadly shootings around Atlanta, where a lone gunman murdered 8 people — 6 of them of Asian descent — in a time when attacks against Asian Americans are rising. 

  • Then: Last weekend, police in London shut down a vigil for Sarah Everard, who was abducted and murdered while walking home from a friend’s house. We break down why Everard’s death matters — not just in the U.K., but everywhere.

  • Next: We’ve got the context on some of this week’s other big headlines, including big news on same-sex marriage in Japan, a frosty summit in Alaska, and the IRS giving us another month to do our taxes.

  • Plus: This week, some EU countries temporarily paused their rollout of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. We break down how regulators have reacted to concerns over blood clots — in 60 seconds.

  • ICYMI: Is there a “crisis” at the US-Mexico border? We dive into what’s going on, and what’s changed about immigration policy so far in the Biden Administration.

  • Finally: Every week, there’s a new financial acronym to learn. First it was SPACs. Now it’s NFTs. We’ll break down why all these new investment crazes are happening.

P.S., Here are some of resources we mentioned if you’re struggling to cope with this week’s news:

On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

  • Izzy Capelin, London resident

  • Valerie Gonzalez, staff reporter, The Monitor (TX)

  • Kristie De Peña, vice president for policy and director of immigration, the Niskanen Center

  • Rachel Lerman, technology reporter, The Washington Post

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Skimm'd by Alex Carr and Luke Vargas. With additional support from Peter Bonaventure and Ciara Long. TheSkimm’s head of audio is Graelyn Brashear.


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